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Sultanzade Mehmed Pasha

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Monarch  Ibrahim
Died  July 1646, Crete, Greece
Name  Sultanzade Pasha

Religion  Sunni Islam
Preceded by  Gazi Huseyin Pasha
Preceded by  Kemankes Kara Mustafa Pasha
Relations  Yemisci Hasan Pasha (grandfather)
Parents  Ayse Sultan, Yemisci Hasan Pasha

Succeeded by  Nevesinli Salih Pasha

Sultanzade mehmed pasha

Sultanzade Mehmed Pasha (1603 – July 1646) was a 17th-century Ottoman grand vizier. The epithet Sultanzade means son of a sultana.



He was born in 1603. His father, Abdurrahman Bey, was a grandson of Rüstem Pasha, while his mother, Ayşe Hanım Sultan, was a daughter of Cigalazade Yusuf Sinan Pasha.

Early years

In 1637, he was appointed as the governor of Egypt. Three years later, during the reign of İbrahim, he returned to İstanbul as a vizier in the Ottoman divan. In 1641, he was appointed as the governor of Özü (modern Ochakiv in Ukraine) and tasked with capturing the fort of Azak (modern Azov in Russia), which had recently been lost to the Cossacks. He was successful in recapturing the fort. In 1643, he was appointed as the governor of Damascus (in modern Syria). This appointment was probably due to the secret power struggle between him and the grand vizier, Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha.

As Grand Vizier

In 1644, he succeeded the grand vizier Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha, who was executed. Kemankeş Mustafa Pasha was a victim of palace intrigues and a quack hodja named Cinci Hoca. Well aware of hodja’s influence on the sultan and the tragedy of the previous grand vizier, he was too cautious in governance and became an ineffective grand vizier. He became a yes man of the sultan. According to Lord Kinross, one day the sultan asked why he never opposed any opinion to which he replied, "Every opinion of the sultan has a deep aphorism even if subjects are unable to understand." Although he was against declaring war on the Republic of Venice, his cautious objections were not taken into consideration and the Cretan War (1645–1669) soon began in 1645, which was financially disastrous to both sides.

Later years

In 1645, Sultan Ibrahim deposed him. His next mission was on the island of Crete (in modern Greece), which was the theatre of the recently started war as the commander of the army (Turkish: serdar) but he soon died of natural causes.


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